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USS Chawasha (ATF-151)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Whiskey - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Cherokee Class Fleet Ocean Tug:
  • Laid down as Chawasha (AT-151) at Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C.
  • Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF-151), 15 May 1944
  • Launched, 15 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS Chawasha (ATF-151), 5 February 1945, LT. Howard K. Smith in command
  • During World War II USS Chawasha was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    3rd Fleet operations against Japan, 12 July to 15 August 1945

  • Following World War II USS Chawasha was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 to 9 September 1945
    23 October1945 to 19 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 1 December 1946
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS Chawasha earned one battle star for World War II service.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,240 t.(lt) 1,675 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 38'6"
    Draft 15' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 80
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 2,275 Bbls
    four GM 12-278A 750hp Diesel-electric engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 200Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller 3,000shp

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    Luiseno 1874k Overall view of Charleston Shipbuilding & Drydock Co, Charleston S.C., in January 1945. Seven ATF's are visible, three on the ways at right, and four fitting out at left. From front to back they are:
    USS Luiseno (ATF-156)
    USS Cusabo (ATF-155)
    USS Nipmuc (ATF-157)
    USS Chimariko (ATF-154)
    USS Cahuilla (ATF-152)
    USS Chilula (ATF-153) and
    USS Chawasha (ATF-151).
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens
    Chawasha 238k USS Chawasha (ATF-151) fitting out at Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C. in January1945. Note Measure 32/17Ax camouflage being applied, and Yard Floating Drydock YFD-15 in the background. Alan Owens, USMM
    Chawasha 38k USS Chawasha (ATF-151) commissioning crew photo, 7 February 1945, Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C. Ron Williams for CAPT. William Larsson
    Chawasha 15k USS Chawasha (ATF-151) at Tacloban Philippines, 15 June 1945. Ron Williams for CAPT. William Larsson
    99k Chawasha (ATF-151) laid up at Suisun Bay, CA. in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, 11 September 1975.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 84185

    USS Chawasha (ATF-151)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Smith, Howard Kineaid, USN5 February 1945 - 1 December 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
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